Reaction to fatal Covenant School shooting in Nashville
The shooting left three children, three adults and the shooter dead.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - A shooting at the Covenant Presbyterian School has left three students, three adults, and the shooter dead.
The shooter was identified as Audrey Hale, a former student, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department.
The victims have been identified as Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney, all children, Cynthia Peak, age 61, Katherine Koonce, age 60, and Mike Hill, age 61.
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Reaction to news of the tragic shooting is pouring in from all over the country, including President Biden and the First Lady. The President also ordered flags at all federal and military buildings across the country to fly at half-staff to show “respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on March 27, 2023, in Nashville, Tennessee.”
Another school shooting. I am truly without words — our children deserve better.— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) March 27, 2023
We stand — all of us — with Nashville.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Mayor John Cooper are also among those who have acknowledged the shooting and offered their support.
In a tragic morning, Nashville joined the dreaded, long list of communities to experience a school shooting.— Mayor John Cooper (@JohnCooper4Nash) March 27, 2023
My heart goes out to the families of the victims. Our entire city stands with you.
As facts continue to emerge, I thank our first responders and medical professionals.
I am closely monitoring the tragic situation at Covenant, & the @TNDeptofSafety & @TNHighwayPatrol are assisting local law enforcement & first responders at the scene.— Gov. Bill Lee (@GovBillLee) March 27, 2023
As we continue to respond, please join us in praying for the school, congregation & Nashville community.
We are heartbroken by the senseless loss of life at Covenant School today. We offer our condolences to the families and friends of the victims, and the entire Covenant School community.— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) March 27, 2023
Chuck & I are heartbroken to hear about the shooting at Covenant School in Nashville.— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) March 27, 2023
My office is in contact with federal, state, & local officials, & we stand ready to assist.
Thank you to the first responders working on site. Please join us in prayer for those affected.
Devastated and heartbroken about the tragic news at Covenant School. I'm grateful to law enforcement and first responders for their heroic actions. I am monitoring the situation closely, and my office is in contact with local officials & available to anyone needing assistance.— Senator Bill Hagerty (@SenatorHagerty) March 27, 2023
I am heartbroken and sick over the lives lost today at Covenant School. I’m praying for comfort and peace for all those affected in our community 🙏🏾♥️— Derrick Henry (@KingHenry_2) March 27, 2023
Sending our thoughts, hearts, plus a tremendous amount of puppy hugs to all of the children, families, friends and neighbors from Covenant School with an extension to our entire Nashville community during this tragic, sad and difficult time. pic.twitter.com/17Yq78gFOF— Nashville Humane (@nashvillehumane) March 27, 2023
I am heartbroken by the tragedy unfolding at the Covenant School. My thoughts are with the victims and their families, and our whole Nashville community. As Chancellor Diermeier notes, Vanderbilt will share resources for care and support for our university community. https://t.co/pN61MyVKbF— VU Provost Office (@VU_Provost) March 27, 2023
Our hearts are broken as we continue to receive more tragic details surrounding Covenant School in Nashville today. Our sincere thoughts are with everyone who have been affected by today’s horrific events, and our prayers go out to families who have lost precious loved ones. 1/4 pic.twitter.com/mQ3wFA3VPQ— WilsonK12Tn (@WilsonK12Tn) March 27, 2023
Our hearts are broken in the face of this is evil tragedy at Covenant School. Please join us in offering sympathy & prayers for the victims, families, school and community affected. The choice to take the lives of innocent children is one of the most heinous crimes imaginable.— TN Senate GOP (@tnsenategop) March 27, 2023
We are heartbroken by today’s tragic shooting at the Covenant School in Nashville. Our thoughts are with the families, staff, and students as they navigate this unimaginable loss.— TEMA (@T_E_M_A) March 27, 2023
Thank you to our first responders for their swift response.
We are heartbroken at the shooting that took place at the Covenant School in Green Hills this morning.— Belmont University (@BelmontUniv) March 27, 2023
Our prayers are with our city and every member of our Belmont Community who is connected to the school and its home church, Covenant Presbyterian. pic.twitter.com/f78vf8Jwrq
We are heartbroken by the tragic events in Nashville. Our thoughts are with all the families, staff, and first responders at the Covenant School today.— Tennessee Valley Authority (@TVAnews) March 27, 2023
We are without words to describe our feelings of sorrow and disbelief for the tragedy suffered in the Nashville school community today. A safe place has been violated and lives will be changed forever.— MCS Communications (@MCScommunicates) March 27, 2023
As we are monitoring the tragic events which have occurred at the Covenant Presbyterian School in Nashville, we are keeping the families and children in our thoughts and prayers.— MC Sheriff's Office (@mcsotn) March 27, 2023
We will continue to monitor this situation and support the Nashville Community in any way we can.
We join our community in lifting our hearts out to the victims, loved ones, fellow students, staff and everyone impacted by by the tragedy at The Covenant School.— Mt. Juliet Police (@MtJulietPolice) March 27, 2023
God Bless everyone who rushed into danger to stop the evil and save lives.
Much prayer for our Nashville community. pic.twitter.com/pqGaShMCTl
Heartbroken by the tragic shooting in Nashville. Praying for the families of those who have died as well as all parents, students and staff. Thankful for the work of law enforcement who stopped the perpetrator and tended to the wounded. All in Nashville are in my thoughts today. https://t.co/Nx6152EwVF— Randy McNally (@ltgovmcnally) March 27, 2023
Amy and I - as well as our entire office - are praying for everyone at Covenant School in Nashville. Please stay away from the area, allow first responders to work, and give parents an opportunity to access a pickup area at Woodmont Baptist per direction of local authorities.— Scott DesJarlais (@DesJarlaisTN04) March 27, 2023
No harm should ever come to any child. At some point today, please take a moment to pray for the families impacted by this tragedy. As we continue learning more details, we appreciate law enforcement and first responders for their quick response neutralizing the threat.— Speaker Cameron Sexton (@CSexton25) March 27, 2023
Camie and I join Tennesseans in prayer for The Covenant School community. Our hearts are with you. While we await more information from first responders, we pray for each student and faculty member.— Rep. Mark Green (@RepMarkGreen) March 27, 2023
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